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Maryland's black bear hunt extends into two more counties

Over the last 20 years, black bears have made a comeback in Maryland, particularly in the western part of the state, and, more recently, their range has started to expand to the exurbs and suburban areas. There have been black bear sightings in parts of Baltimore County for 10 years, and state biologists suspect that sows have started to give birth to cubs in western Montgomery County.

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Baltimore rowhouse wood gets new life as furniture

A plume of sawdust drifted around woodworker Jim Klausmeyer as he pulled a plank from a shelf, one of thousands of pieces of lumber in the Riverside shop.

The yellow pine in his hands is denser than what can be bought at most home stores, Klausmeyer said, pointing to the tight groupings of rings on the wood.

"Back in the day, these trees, they had time to grow," the 27-year-old said.

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Maryland sues Volkswagen over emissions scandal

Maryland is suing Volkswagen for allegedly breaking state environmental laws and causing pollution, state officials announced Tuesday.

The German car company committed a "willful and systematic scheme of cheating" on emissions tests, which sullied the state's air and water and exposed residents to harmful pollutants, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said.

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Solar energy financing program will target low-income neighborhoods

Baltimore signed an agreement Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Maryland Clean Energy Center to develop a financing model to make solar energy more accessible to low-income residents.

Existing financing options for installing solar panels require a large up-front investment or high credit ratings, which can be prohibitive for many low-income homeowners.

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Video shows people swimming in Baltimore Inner Harbor waters

Ships, cigarette butts, trash, human waste and even dead bodies have been known to float through Baltimore's Inner Harbor waters, but this month, some brave souls and apparent tourists decided to willingly dive in.

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Dolphin sightings in Arundel waters

Dolphin sightings in the Chesapeake Bay and Anne Arundel County rivers surprised boaters last week and raised the question: Does this mean water quality is improving?

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